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Sesame Street

Allegedly Used to Torture

Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

5/31/2012 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Forget waterboarding, Guantanamo Bay prisoners are now being tortured by BIG BIRD -- at least according to a new documentary released by Al Jazeera.

According to the doc -- called "Songs of War" -- detainees at the U.S. Naval base have been forced to wear headphones blaring Sesame Street music on repeat for hours or days on end ... to break their will (start at 2:00).



Award-winning Sesame Street composer Christopher Cerf tells Al Jazeera, "My first reaction was this just can't possibly be true ... "

Cerf says, "Of course I didn't really like the idea that I was helping break down prisoners, but it was much worse when I heard later that they were actually using the music in Guantanamo to do deep, long-term interrogations and obviously to inflict enough pain on prisoners so they would talk."

Reports surfaced in 2008 ... heavy metal like Metallica was used to torture people at Guantanamo -- but we gotta say, Sesame Street might just be worse.

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ThirdFromTheLeft    

The video is worth watching.

694 days ago
32.

Grouchy Marps    

Episodes of Glee would be more effective, if it wasn't for President Obama's vow to stop torture of prisoners. That would indeed be cruel and unusual punishment.

694 days ago
33.

Blah    

This video was put out by Al Jazeera. TMZ... WTF are you doing posting videos by people who support terrorist organizations????

SHAME ON YOU!!!!

694 days ago
34.

bakamann    

Ah... and that's the reason why Almost All Cable and Satellite providers in the United States don't want Al Jazeera on their providers. The truth will be revealed.

tsk. tsk. tsk.

694 days ago
35.

lauren    

id kill a christian too for that kinda abuse!!! That horrible. And we pull shocked faced wen then suicide bomb us????

694 days ago
36.

CLINT    

Probably should just have them read the continuous stupid comments on this site 24 hours a day. They'll die from laughing.

694 days ago
37.

amandaruiz3    

Lmao...that's AWESOME!!!!.... totally support that....maybe they need a little taste of a child hood....

693 days ago
38.

texas turd    

If they really want to break their silence, use that obnoxious woman who does sign language while singing during commercial breaks on nick jr. but to do the most damage to them, it'd have to be in person.

693 days ago
39.

Telstar    

Don't you know about the bird? Everybody knows that the bird is the word! m m m mma papa mow mow papa m-mow mow

693 days ago
40.

Me    

so damn sad!!!!

693 days ago
41.

Sada    

damn Obama!

693 days ago
42.

lisa    

"It's a Small world after all", sorry for getting the song stuck in people's head!!!!

693 days ago
43.

lisa    

FINALLY!!! ROSANNE BARR CAN PUT HER TORTUROUS SINGING TO USE.

693 days ago
44.

Dizkaer9    

HAHA, really? This is what they've been doing a Guantanamo??

693 days ago
45.

Sally    

Yep, that and naked women would certainly do the trick for those inmates.

693 days ago
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